Spring has truly sprung here on Drop. We’re more than excited for the season—and for the summer ahead. We have some amazing stuff coming up in the next few months. New headphones, new keyboards, new keycaps, BMR1 speakers arriving… 😉
To celebrate Spring, we wanted to help you clean up—in more ways than one—with our Spring Cleaning 2023 Event.
▪️ Visit our Spring Cleaning 2023 page now! The campaign runs for the rest of the month, ending 11:59 p.m PT 3/31/2023.
▪️ Help us clean a desk, and you’ll get a coupon. Coupons last for one day only and expire at 11:59 p.m. PT.
▪️ Each day you can come back and clean a new desk to reveal a new coupon.
▪️ The coupons vary (there are plenty of them) but here are few examples of what to expect:
▪️ $30 off orders over $200
▪️ 15% off any Audiophile product
▪️ 30% off select keycaps
▪️ Free headphones
▪️ Free switches
▪️ And more!
▪️ While you’re doing some Spring Cleaning with us, join our giveaway at the bottom of the page for a chance to win a...
New Feature—Product Tagging in Photos (+ Giveaway!)
Hey DKC! We’re rolling out a new site feature, and wanted to give Drop Keyboard Club members an early look at how it works (with a bonus giveaway for DKC members who try it out 😉).
What’s this about a giveaway?
More details can be found at the end! The short version: we will be giving away two $100 Drop Rewards credits to participating DKC members who contribute and tag their photos to the DKC Lounge Battlestations section during the first week!
Both winners described above will win the same prize—$100 of Drop Rewards issued to their account after the giveaway concludes!
What is Product Tagging in Photos?
Product tagging allows you to tag any products in a Photo post—both those found on Drop currently, as well as write-ins that will be manually approved and allow you or others to request new products that we don’t yet carry.
With the feature starting out as a DKC exclusive, it will only be available to DKC members. For this early access period, please make your...
The Three Categories of Prebuilt Keyboard Switches
While many people joined the mechanical keyboard hobby over the course of the past couple of years, I’ve been lucky enough to have been around to see all of the changes that have followed this surge in popularity. One of the undeniably best changes that has come about as a result of the COVID-based surge in mechanical keyboards is the sheer quality and number of prebuilt options that are available on the market today. Whereas back when I first started the hobby, you’d pick up something like an Obins Anne Pro, DAS Keyboard, or maybe even a Leopold, there are now at least a dozen different brands I can think of off of the top of my head besides these three which are still around as well. However, it’s at least evident to me that not all of these mechanical keyboards are created equally. Knowing full well that the hobby can be daunting to those just now joining, I suspect that the nuances between some of these brands may not be the most evident. So, let’s go through a quick rundown of...
Image credit @Evshrug
In my time browsing various headphone and audio forums, I’ve observed again and again a somewhat amusing contradiction. If you go to a sound science forum and ask “What is an audiophile,” they will tell you an audiophile makes purchases based on emotion and nostalgia, with little regard for research, price to performance, and specs which would allow a system to be EQ’d into any sound (including the “ideal” sound). Meanwhile, there’s an opposite camp that will happily buy anything just because it makes them feel good, because “that’s the point of music,” meanwhile they would define an “Audiophile” as someone who pays more attention to gear, specs, and listens to tone sweeps more than music. Conundrum! Paradox!
I’ll do you better: ‘WHY’ Audiophile?
The truth is the word “Audiophile” comes from two roots: Audio* is easy enough to understand, while -phile comes from the Greek root “philos,” which carries a meaning that doesn’t directly translate to...
As we publish more articles in the "Mech Keys How-To" series currently ongoing, navigating the various topics and finding previous articles will only become more difficult. This thread will serve as a table of contents to help add some structure to the whole project.
Feel free to also suggest future topics in this thread, as it will surely be easier to identify gaps and opportunities for further exploration when viewing everything as a whole.
Mechanical vs Membrane
Sizes and Layouts of Mechanical Keyboards
Staggered and Ortholinear Layouts
Low-Profile vs High-Profile Keyboard Designs
Build Materials and Other Case Design Considerations
Selecting Your First Mechanical Keyboard (The_Manic_Geek)
How To Design a GMK Keycap Set (GMK_Andy)
The GMK Color Matching Process (GMK_Andy)
Introduction to Mechanical Keyboard Switches (ThereminGoatMK)
The Three Main Types of Switches...